Lisa Wilson


Professor of Theatre Chapman Hall 119

Lisa Wilson developed and implemented the acting program of study at TU 1982-2011. Her ongoing personal studies in women’s studies, acting, voice, movement, text and work as a director and actor continue to influence her work as a teacher.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • MFA in Theatre, Acting Specialist with Vocal Training University of Wisconsin, Madison 1980
  • BFA in Performance, Theatre Memphis State University, 1976
  • 1998 Intensive training at Shakespeare and Company Krausnick
  • 1994 Winter Intensive with Cis Berry,
  • 1986 Columbia Director’s Forum
  • 1992 – present summer conferences VASTA workshops with Rodenburg, Linklater, Colianni, Wade, Gist

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Acting, Voice and Movement
  • Contemporary Women’s Playwrights & Women’s Studies
  • Directing

Areas of Research Focus

  • Continuing my own work as a director. I have special interests in women’s studies, in elevated language, and demanding physical styles. I have just completed a residency with The INGE Festival in a professional production of Bus Stop as Grace for the 100th Birthday Celebration. Sp ‘13 Continue solo work and writing.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of Wisconsin Taught Acting and Voice 1977-1980
  • University of Tulsa 1982 to the present
  • Workshops for The Voice Foundation
  • Workshops for Texas Tech, School of Music, Opera
  • Workshops for Region VI ACTF
  • International Workshop Praetoria Teknitron – Musical Theatre
  • Voice over talent
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Dialect consultant and coach 

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • The Acting Company The Oklahoma Theatre Center

Professional Affiliations

  • Past President The Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association VASTA
  • Past Board Member
  • Member since 1982 VASTA
  • Advisory Board Oklahoma Arts Institute 8 years
  • Advisory Board Theatre Pops
  • Board Member Theatre Tulsa 83-84

Courses Taught at TU

  • Public Speaking (SP 2113)
  • Contemporary Women Playwrights (THEA/WS 2523)
  • Intro to Women's and Gender Studies (WS 2013)
  • Special Topics in Theatre (Thea 4563)

Awards & Recognition

  • Jingle Feldman Award 2008, Outstanding Individual Artist Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa OK
  • 1997 Outstanding Teacher University of Tulsa
  • 1994 Elected Kendall Teaching Fellow
  • For Les Liaison Dangereuses, What I Did Last Summer, The Waiting Room
  • Directing for Les Liaison Dangereuses
  • Director of What I Did Last Summer
  • Honorary Lifetime member


  • Acting Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 07. Stevie in Who’s Sylvia or the Goat -05 Mabel Tidings Pride’s Crossing 04 Acting/Text coach Cripple of Inishmaan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Julius Caesar

  • A one-woman show The Crone Chronicles performed 06 Summerstage

  • Chapter “The Journey Toward Body Voice Mind Integration” in Breath into Action being published in 09